Through Bradley Manning, Jeremy Scahill Learned Blackwater’s Erik Prince Was Going to United Arab Emirates

By: Wednesday April 24, 2013 11:15 am

In June 15, 2010, The Nation’s Jeremy Scahill reported that “sources close to Blackwater and its secretive owner Erik Prince” had claimed that the embattled head of the world’s most infamous mercenary firm” was “planning to move to the United Arab Emirates (UAE).”

Scahill noted, “The Nation learned of Prince’s alleged plans to move to the UAE from three separate sources. One Blackwater source told The Nation that Prince intends to sell his company quickly, saying the ‘sale is going to be a fast move within a couple of months.’”

 

Jeremy Scahill: Anwar al-Awlaki & How He Became an American the US Government Targeted & Killed

By: Tuesday April 23, 2013 11:15 am

Journalist and national security correspondent for The Nation, Jeremy Scahill, appeared on “Democracy Now!” this morning for the entire program to discuss his project, Dirty Wars, which explores the United States’ global assassination program.

The project consists of a book and film. The book was released today. The film has been screening at film festivals and events around the country and the trailer for the film premiered on “Democracy Now!”.

Scahill spends the hour outlining in detail the life of US-born Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, who was targeted and assassinated by a US drone strike in September 2011. He also discusses Anwar’s father, Nasser al-Awlaki, who mounted an effort to have evidence for why Anwar was placed on a “kill list” disclosed. Later in the program, he recounts the killng of Anwar’s 16-year-old son, Abdulrahman, who was born in Denver, Colorado, and the justifications and excuses the US government have uttered in relation to their deaths.

Climate Justice Activist Tim DeChristopher on Going to Prison for Disrupting Land Auction

By: Monday April 22, 2013 3:45 pm

Climate justice activist Tim DeChristopher, who was given a two-year sentence in prison for making fake bids in a Utah public land auction that later was found to be corrupt, is finally free. He appeared on “Democracy Now!” this morning to give his first interview since being released Sunday from the halfway house where he was finishing his sentence.

The Bodies of War That Iraq War Architects Dare Not Acknowledge or Confront

By: Friday March 22, 2013 10:40 am

Tomas Young, a veteran of the Iraq War whose story was presented in the 2007 documentary, Body of War, appeared on “Democracy Now!” on March 21. The dying soldier read his moving letter to President George W. Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney and all the other war criminals that sent him and tens of thousands of other young men and women to Iraq to engage in violence in a country, which posed no threat to America whatsoever.

Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement News and Overviews

By: Saturday March 16, 2013 5:20 pm

There’s still been absolutely no transparency on the deal that just wrapped up its 16th round in Singapore on March 13 with 600 credited corporate trade representatives in attendance. Still Congress hasn’t been privy to the text despite demands by Ron Wyden, et.al.. Japan had apparently been offered a slot in the past, but only yesterday asked to be let in on the negotiations. Business has some heavy issues with it, though not in aid of thee and me, except for Congress-critters representing states where the automobile industry is key. That’s likely legitimate, or at least the UAW thinks so. I can’t remember now what led me to this video from New Zealand this morning, but it’s an overview of why itsourfuture.org.nz is working so diligently against it.

Lawrence Wilkerson and David Swanson Debate Colin Powell’s Lies at the U.N.

By: Wednesday February 20, 2013 10:55 am

When I wrote about MSNBC’s documentary on Iraq war lies this week, I linked to an earlier blog post of mine that drew heavily on a House Judiciary Committee report on the same topic, as well as to Lawrence Wilkerson’s recent debate with Norman Solomon on Democracy Now! When Brad Friedman reposted my Hubris review, he suggested I ask Wilkerson for a response. I did and here it is.

Brennan’s CIA Confirmation Hearing as ‘Kabuki Oversight’ & Anwar al-Awlaki’s Posthumous Trial

By: Friday February 8, 2013 2:25 pm

Nobody doubts that Obama’s counterterrorism adviser John Brennan, who has been serving as an assassination czar developing a targeted killing program, will be confirmed to the position of CIA chief. In that sense, Jeremy Scahill was completely right to describe what the press and public saw yesterday during the confirmation hearing as “kabuki oversight.”

Film Highlights Public Defenders Fighting Against Creation of Permanent Underclass

By: Friday January 25, 2013 7:25 pm

An HBO documentary on the right that everyone has to a defense lawyer when they are charged with a crime, even if they cannot afford one, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. The film “Gideon’s Army,” was featured on “Democracy Now!” this morning.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Amy Goodman, The Silenced Majority: Stories of Uprisings, Occupations, Resistance, and Hope

By: Tuesday November 27, 2012 10:55 am

Like so many of you, Democracy Now! is one of my key sources of news. As I said yesterday, Amy Goodman really should need no introduction to anyone here at Firedoglake. The work of the DN! team are a shining example of journalism in a field that mostly seems to have fallen asleep.

Two-Party System’s Stranglehold Threatens Future Where Frankenstorms Like Sandy Become Normal

By: Monday October 29, 2012 6:30 pm

As Hurricane Sandy thrashes the northeastern part of the United States, the connection between climate change and this extreme weather must be made. That connection must involve a reflection, especially one on the politics of the present that have only intensified the impact of climate change.

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